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Summary, 09.04.2020 - Your own doctor must estimate whether you or your child can go back to school

The Minister for Children and Education clarified the question many have had since the other day, regarding whether children or staff who are in a risk group, or have family members who are, have to return to school/work or not.


Furthermore, there was an economic-themed press conference with several Ministers (Finance, Taxation, Business and Employment), where the economic situation and the help-packages were the main themes, and where a new initiative to help companies were presented: they can borrow back the money paid in VAT in March to 0 % in interest rate. And a large European recovery-package was agreed upon last night.

TODAY'S BULLETS


  1. The Minister for Children and Education has declared today, that it is the family's own common practitioner who must estimate whether a child or staff-member should return to child-care institutions/school.

  2. Numbers from the Danish Institute for Serum shows, that it is very few children who have or are hospitalised, and few children get infected.

  3. The government will set up a loaning scheme for small and medium-sized companies, which will aid the companies with a total amount of 35 billion kroner, by paying back the VAT paid in March.

  4. The Danish government expects a drop in GDP somewhere between 3 and 6 % in 2020, as a consequence of the corona-crisis.

  5. 45.000 have signed up for the new digital platform Covidmeter, which was launched by the Ministry for Health and the Elderly last night.

  6. The EU-countries’ Ministers for Finance agreed to a blueprint for a large European recovery-package last night. A large guarantee fund with 1.500 billion kroner, as well as access to loans from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), are parts of the recovery package, among other things. Details can be found in the summary.

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PRESS CONFERENCE WITH SEVERAL MINISTERS - STATUS ON DANISH ECONOMY AND THE HELP-PACKAGES

PRESENT

  • Minister for Finances - Nicolai Wammen

  • Minister for Business - Simon Kollerup

  • Minister for Employment - Peter Hummelgaard

  • Minister for Taxation - Morten Bødskov


SUMMARY

  • The government will set up a loaning scheme for small and medium-sized companies, which will aid the companies with a total amount of 35 billion kroner, by paying back the VAT paid in March. Companies will have to go to www.virk.dk and apply for a loan of the paid VAT. The loan is free of interest-rates and must be paid back in April 2021.

  • If you, as a company, are in doubt about which help you can apply for, you can go to www.virksomhedsguiden.dk

  • The Danish government expects a drop in GDP somewhere between 3 and 6 % in 2020, as a consequence of the corona-crisis.

  • Q2-2020 is about to become one of the darkest chapters in Danish economic history. The economical setback will be more severe than during the financial crisis, but the Danish economy is fundamentally healthy, and we are therefore better equipped to handle this crisis, than the financial crisis.

  • The government is operating with three scenarios, that are not prognoses, but estimations:


  1. In the first scenario, the recovery period will be short, and the economy will have recovered in 2021.

  2. In the second scenario, the recovery-period will last longer – GDP will drop with 4.5 %, and there will be a gradual recovery in 2021.

  3. In the third scenario, the epidemic will last much longer. There will be a risk of bankruptcy, the GDP will drop with 6 % this year, and the recovery in 2021 will be limited.


  • More than 55.000 applications have been received for the salary-compensation scheme. More than 29.000 applications are from small independent companies, and more than 26.000 applications are from companies, that are applying for salary compensation for employees who have been sent home.

  • When the Danish and global economy gets hit so badly, as the case is right now, it is not possible to avoid some companies shutting down, and people losing their jobs.

  • The majority of people who are reporting themselves unemployed are people with short educations. Particularly the transport- and gastronomy-sector has been hit hard.

  • Danish Industry has requested adding another month onto the three months that the current help-packages last. This is a good starting point for negotiations with parties in the Parliament and interest organisations said Minister for Finances Nicolai Wammen.

  • An agreement is expected next week regarding more help for companies.

  • Fortunately, most employees in the financial sector are going very, very far, in terms of meeting the small company that needs an extended credit. But those, who are not on the wagon yet, must get on board now, said Minister for Business Simon Kollerup.

HEALTH-RELATED INFORMATION


  • 5.635 have tested positive, 249 more than yesterday (Since it is not everyone with symptoms of corona-virus who is being tested, the real amount of infected is estimated to be much higher).

  • 433 are hospitalized, 20 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 433, 120 are in intensive care, 7 less than yesterday.

  • Of those 120, 100 are in respirators, 3 less than yesterday.

  • 237 Corona-infected Danes have died, 19 more than yesterday.

  • 58.097 have been tested for corona-virus, with 5.635 positives.

  • 1.736 are reported as healthy again, after having been hospitalized with corona-virus, an increase of 115 from yesterday.

  • The Minister for Children and Education has declared today, that it is the family's own common practitioner who must estimate whether a child or staff-member should return to child-care institutions/school. This estimate should be based on the person's sickness history and the guidelines by the Danish Health Authorities and can include the person's own risk, or the risk of close family members in the household.

  • Numbers from the Danish Institute for Serum shows, that it is very few children who have or are hospitalised, and few children get infected.


Hospitalised children with corona-virus (have been or are currently hospitalised):

0-9 years: 8

10-19 years: 7

All other age groups: 1.429


Infected children:

0-9 years: 58 positives / 2.528 tests (2.3 % positives)

10-19 years: 129 positives / 2.374 tests (5.4 % positives)

80-89 years: 409 positives / 3.661 tests (11.2 % positives)


  • 45.000 have signed up for the new digital platform Covidmeter, which was launched by the Ministry for Health and the Elderly last night. The platform can be found here: https://www.sundhed.dk/borger/corona/covidmeter/, and you will be asked a few simple questions in Danish, with the purpose of finding out if you have, or develop, symptoms of Covid-19.

  • After the announcement Saturday of the antibody-testing of blood donors, people have signed up in large numbers Saturday 203, Sunday 343, Monday 870, and Tuesday 602. Last year around 96 people signed up as blood donors on a daily basis. But the Secretary-General in the association 'Blood donors in Denmark', Flemming Bøgh-Sørensen, fears, that people are signing up for the wrong reason. Not because they actually want to donate blood, but because they want to be tested if they have had corona-virus. The results of the antibody-tests are used to map the dark numbers of infected with corona-virus on a national level, not for the purpose of the individual person knowing whether one has been infected or not. Furthermore, the tests are not completely fail-proof on individual-level, but when enough have been tested, it can give an overview of the national infection spread, wherein a statistical insecurity is included in the calculations and results.

  • A new report from the Danish Institute for Serum shows, that 22 % of the confirmed cases of covid-19 are health-professionals. Increased testing of health-professionals can be spotted in the gender and age distribution of confirmed covid-19 cases, where younger women make a significant share. But when looking at hospitalised, the disease does primarily give serious needs for treatment for elderly men.

  • A new study published in the magazine Science makes the WHO believe, that cats can be infected with the corona-virus. Dogs, chicken, pigs and ducks cannot, however. This study was made to identify which animals that are vulnerable to the virus, so that they can be used to test experimental vaccines, according to Ritzau and Reuters.

  • Common practitioners take double charge, 1.825 kroner per hour instead of 912.5 kroner, for handling corona-infected patients released from treatment at the hospital. Region Zealand and PLO (Association for common practitioners) has agreed that the practitioners take over the responsibility for corona-infected patients once released from hospital treatment. This double-charge has lead to criticism in the Parliament from SF, Enhedslisten and Dansk Folkeparti, who find it greedy and unsympathetic to take double charge from the state in a time of crisis. PLO says, that it is not a double charge, but a known charge, which has been scaled up, since consultant-work is normally paperwork and meetings, and therefore the physical work with patients is considered as an extra amount of work, which the practitioners are not used to. Therefore they find the charge fair, taking the new tasks and responsibility into account.

  • Bornholm Hospital shuts down temporarily their corona-ward since they do not have a single patient hospitalised. If needed, the ward can be reopened quickly.

OTHER NEWS


  • The EU-countries’ Ministers for Finance agreed to a blueprint for a large European recovery-package last night. The European Council, with the political leaders of the EU-countries, will now finalize the agreement. The main elements of the package are:


  1. A new guarantee fund within the European Investment Bank, which will give financing to particularly small and medium-sized companies, for a total amount of 1.500 billion kroner.

  2. A new EU-instrument to support national salary-compensation schemes, as well as certain health-related initiatives, for a total amount of ca. 750 billion kroner.

  3. A new recovery fund, which must support the recovery of the European economy by supporting EU-budget programs. This fund will be temporary, designated and be sized with the large costs of the crisis. The European Council must work out the legal and practical aspect of this fund, including the relation to the EU-budget and sources of financing.

  4. Access to loans from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) for up to 2 % of the euro-countries' GDP (ca. 1.800 billion kroner), on certain conditions.

  5. The next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) will have to reflect the consequences of the crisis.


  • The Ministry for Business estimates that more than 100.000 jobs have been saved with the governments help-packages. This estimate is based on the fact that more than 55.000 applications have been received for the packages. Yesterday 176.991 people had reported themselves unemployed, which is an increase of 45.299 since the 8th of March, where the corona-crisis began in Denmark.

  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that the corona-crisis has the potential to lead to the worst recession since the Great Recession in the 1930s. Emerging markets and developing countries will likely be hit the hardest and be short of hundreds of billions of kroner in development aid. Three months ago, the IMF was expecting 160+ of its 189 member states to be having a positive income growth per capita in 2020. That number has now reversed, and they expect 170+ countries to have negative income growth in 2020. They will publish a more detailed analysis Tuesday next week.

  • As a result of the shutdown and the closing of the border to Sweden, the commuter-traffic between Denmark and Sweden has dropped with 91 %. In week 14 only 18.487 people took the train across The Øresund Bridge. A normal week in March and April last year had 213.300 people travelling by train between Sweden and Denmark.

  • The Danish Defence announced today that 1.100 of its employees will return to work across the country, so the Danish Defence can fulfil its national and international obligations. The majority of the Danish Defence's employees will still work from home.

  • The call-in of the draftees who were supposed to meet at the Royal Lifeguard the 1st of April has been pushed to the 4th of May. All draftees will receive further information in their e-boks. The protection of the Royal House and the maintenance of the strategic reserve is critical functions in the society, and therefore the next team of draftees must begin, as quickly as possible, when deemed health-professionally responsible.




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